Good News C27
There are two choices for the Gospel Reading for today. My devotional is for the first one.
The Holy Spirit gives you many gifts. In the Old Testament the gifts of the Messiah were foretold (Isaiah 11:1-3): Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are what bloom out of you because you have the gifts: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, Friendliness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. (Gal.5:22-23). They work with each other.
There is a tree in your back yard. It’s called the Tree of the Holy Spirit. The leaves have the names of the gifts. But the fruits are awesome. They are shaped like doves. When you pull one of these fruits off the tree and eat them, they are very tasty. When you are sick, doctors prescribe medicines that go right where the infection is in your body. That’s how the Holy Spirit works, too. When you eat the fruit from the Tree of the Holy Spirit, you are immediately filled with whatever you need to survive and stay on God’s path of goodness. The Tree of the Holy Spirit is constantly renewing its gifts and fruits. Your tree always has what you need. God sends the Holy Spirit to meet all of your needs. Sometimes you might panic in life and forget to go to the tree. You might forget to ask God to help you. You might not be able to see the tree because there are too many weeds of evil or high walls of stubbornness in the way.
If the weeds of evil are a problem, ask God to forgive you. God will forgive you as you forgive others who hurt you. When Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his apostles, he gave them the power to forgive you all of your sins. Today’s priests have this power, too. They will also give you advice and pray for you so that you will not repeat this sin again. The blessing the priest gives you forgiving you of all sins will fill your whole body, mind, and spirit with peace, joy, and love for yourself and others.
Draw a picture of your personal Tree of the Holy Spirit to hang in your room or put on a tree in your backyard.
Say the “Our Father” and thank God for all the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards